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European Centre Anniversary

Symposium and 40th General Assembly Meeting

European Centre Anniversary

Symposium and 40th General Assembly Meeting
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the European Centre organises a Symposium on “The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe, in Vienna on 15 September. Speakers from the worlds of academia and politics will present on the following four themes: Towards a Human Investment Society; Class, Generation, Gender, and Age Cleavages in Ageing Societies; Too Sick to Work – and too Ill to Live Independently? Disability, Frailty – and Happiness – in Stressful and Long-Life Societies; No “European Social Model” in Europe – or towards a Social Union? A “Ministerial Roundtable” will discuss the expert views presented, under the heading “Europe in the World, Austria in Europe”.


New Policy Brief: To Make or to Buy Long-term Care? Part I: Learning from Theory
This Policy Brief reviews some of the theoretical insights offered by economic theory (e.g. transaction costs) and other fields of social sciences (e.g. psychology, disability rights) regarding the make or buy decision as applied to long-term care. The theories reviewed here provide useful guidelines to policy-makers about how best to use market mechanisms to deliver long-term care, but also on the limits of the use of markets in the context of care for older people. While the decision whether to make or buy long-term care is arguably best answered empirically, considering insights from different strands of theory could help prevent adverse outcomes when setting up care markets. This Policy Brief is a first part of a trilogy dedicated to the reliance on markets for the delivery of long-term care. Two other Policy Briefs will follow in October and November. Read more
Article in International Journal of Social Welfare: Perceived Pension Injustice
Pieter Vanhuysse has published an article with Clara Sabbagh (University of Haifa) in Vol. 23, No. 2 of the International Journal of Social Welfare (5-year impact factor 0.956). Entitled 'Perceived Pension Injustice'. The article analyses a nationally representative sample of 3,000 respondents to investigate the determinants of citizens’ perceptions of the injustice of pension systems (PPI) in two ‘most-different’ cases: Israe, and Germany. Age is negatively associated, and social status positively associated, with reported levels of PPI. Moreover, PPI is higher both when citizens lack intra-familial social solidarity and when they more strongly endorse pro-state welfare attitudes.
Czech Sociological Review books: Welfare in an Idle Society?, Youth Studies, The Caring Self
The summer 2014 issue of the Czech Sociological Review, the number one CEE sociology journal (impact factor 0.652), edited by Pieter Vanhuysse, features reviews written by Akos Rona-Tas (UC San Diego), Conor O’Dwyer (University of Florida), Josef Melchior (University of Vienna), Peggy Watson (University of Cambridge), Keith Tester (University of Hull), Andras Bozoki (CEU) and others on altogether ten books in sociology and social policy, including Bernd Marin’s Welfare in an Idle Society?. It also features a review by Katrin Gasior on Andy Furlong’s Youth Studies and by Ricardo Rodrigues on Clare Stacey’s The Caring Self.
Portability of Pensions and Health Insurance
Michael Fuchs published an article on the portability of pensions and health insurance for pensioners between Austria and Turkey (in German): Fuchs M., ‘Jenseits des Gastarbeiterabkommens – Portabilität von Pensionen und Krankenversicherung für Pensionisten zwischen Österreich und der Türkei’, in: Soziale Sicherheit 6/2014, 288-295.
Life Cycle Transitions and Vulnerabilities in Old Age: A Review
In his paper written for the 2014 Human Development Report, Senior Advisor Asghar Zaidi reviews the concepts of vulnerability and resilience, and their applications for ageing and older people, demonstrating how policy interventions throughout the life course must aim to not just reduce vulnerabilities to risks but also boost the personal coping capacities (or resilience) of people moving into old age – concepts that were also reflected in the design of the Active Ageing Index carried out by the European Centre. The paper points to the long-term impact of transitions (such as the onset of disability or the death of spouse) and life course experiences (such as work and family history) on three key components of the quality of life and well-being of older persons: financial well-being, health, and social support and connectedness. Read More